Malta-Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media-Statistics and Analyses

Malta-Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media-Statistics and Analyses

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Executive Summary

Malta's main telcos GO and Melita sold to outside interests

Despite its small size, Malta's telecom sector is among the most advanced in Europe. Mobile and broadband penetration are both relatively high, while ongoing investments in networks are providing customers with a range of bundled services. The sector is also stimulated by regulatory measures designed to increase competition and to reduce consumer prices, as also to pave the way towards a national FttP telecom network. The regulator has keenly promoted this infrastructure to develop the eCommerce sector, conscious that the country's geographic location and economy dominated by micro-businesses restricts the potential for companies to make effective use of online sales.

The broadband market remains largely controlled by two operators, with Melita retaining a monopoly on cable services and GO commanding a near complete dominance in the DSL market. Alternative broadband players have only a small share of the DSL market. An island-wide WiMAX service is provided by Vodafone, while Melita also operates an extensive Wi-Fi mesh network. GO is currently investing in an extensive FttP network, while an all-fibre backhaul network also supports its LTE infrastructure.

The telecom market generated 182.3 million in revenue in 2015, accounting for 2.4% of GDP. Investment in telecoms networks has been maintained, though in recent years this was mainly made up of investment in mobile infrastructure which compensated for lower investment by other operators providing fixed-line services. However, since 2015 GO has embarked on a program to develop a wide-spread FttP network, and so provide a platform to develop services in future.

In the mobile market Vodafone Malta, GO Mobile and Melita Mobile have been joined by a few MVNOs though these have only a small market share. The sector remains dominated by GO Mobile and Vodafone, which together control about 85% of the market by subscribers. These operators offer quad-play services including mobile combinations of voice, cable TV, videostreaming and telephony, which as bundles make it hard for other operators to gain a foothold other than within narrow markets. Nevertheless, a sympathetic regulatory regime is having a marked effect on operator behaviour as they struggle to retain existing customers in an increasingly competitive market.

The key issue for coming years will be the continuing effort by the regulator to encourage a national broadband network through developing regulations attractive to investors, and so maintain momentum in one of Europe's smallest markets.

Market penetration rates in Malta's telecoms sector 2016 (e)

Penetration of telecoms services: | Penetration

Fixed-line telephony | 51%

Fixed broadband | 39.4%

Mobile SIM (population) | %

(Source: BuddeComm)

Key developments:

GO acquired by Tunisie Telecom;

Apax France and Fortino Capital acquire Melita;

GO doubles capacity on international submarine cable links;

Vodafone providing majority population coverage with LTE;

Government supporting a national FttP network;

GO launches a 500Mb/s fibre-based service;

Malta's first VoD service launched by Melita;

Melita extends 250Mb/s broadband service;

Vodafone Malta, GO and Melita express interest in 800MHz spectrum;

Report update includes the regulator's market data updates to July 2016, telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Vodafone, GO, Melita, SIS, Ozone, Redtouch Fone, PING.

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1. Executive summary

2. Key statistics

3. Telecommunications market

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 Historical overview

4.2 Regulatory authority

4.3 Digital Society initiatives

4.4 Telecom sector liberalisation

4.5 Privatisation

4.6 Interconnect

4.7 Access

4.8 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)

4.9 Number Portability (NP)

5. Fixed network operators

5.1 GO

5.2 Melita

6. Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 Overview of the national telecom network

6.2 International infrastructure

7. Wholesale

8. Fixed-line broadband market

8.1 Introduction and statistical overview

8.2 Broadband statistics

8.3 Fixed-line broadband technologies

8.3.1 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks

8.3.2 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks

8.3.3 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks

8.4 Other fixed broadband services

8.4.1 Satellite

8.4.2 Wireless broadband

9. Digital economy

10. Digital media

10.1 Bundled services

10.2 Digital TV

10.2.1 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTTV)

10.2.2 Videostreaming

10.3 Communications: VoIP

11. Mobile market

11.1 Market analysis

11.2 Mobile statistics

11.2.1 General statistics

11.2.2 Mobile data

11.2.3 Mobile broadband

11.3 Regulatory issues

11.3.1 Roaming

11.3.2 Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs)

11.3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

11.3.4 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions

11.3.5 Spectrum auctions

11.4 Mobile infrastructure

11.4.1 Digital networks

11.4.2 Other infrastructure developments

11.5 Major mobile operators

11.5.1 Vodafone Malta

11.5.2 GO Mobile

11.5.3 Melita Mobile

11.5.4 MVNOs

11.6 Mobile content and applications

11.6.1 Mobile TV

12. Related reports

Table 1 Country statistics Malta 2016 (e)

Table 2 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)

Table 3 Internet user statistics 2015 (e)

Table 4 Broadband statistics 2016 (e)

Table 5 Mobile statistics 2015 (Jun)

Table 6 National telecommunications authority

Table 7 Annual fixed numbers ported 2007-2016

Table 8 Fixed-line subscriber market share by operator 2007-2016

Table 9 Total fixed-line calls 2009-2016

Table 10 Total outgoing fixed-line traffic 2008-2016

Table 11 GO financial data (Lm) 2004-2007

Table 12 GO Group financial data () 2007-2016

Table 13 Historic-GO revenue by sector 2007-2012

Table 14 Melita Group financial data 2010-2013

Table 15 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001-2017

Table 16 Fixed lines by operator 2012-2016

Table 17 Historic-Dialup internet subscribers 2005-2010

Table 18 Internet users 2002-2017

Table 19 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2002-2017

Table 20 Proportion of broadband connections by data rate 2011-2016

Table 21 Broadband market share by operator 2007-2016

Table 22 Broadband penetration 2005-2016

Table 23 Broadband ARPU 2011-2016

Table 24 Cable broadband penetration rate 2000-2015

Table 25 Melita cable broadband subscribers 2009-2017

Table 26 DSL subscribers 2009-2017

Table 27 GO fibre broadband subscribers 2015-2017

Table 28 Fixed wireless subscribers 2007-2017

Table 29 BWA share of broadband market 2007-2016

Table 30 eCommerce usage 2006-2016

Table 31 Fixed-line subscribers to bundled services, by type 2009-2015

Table 32 Pay TV ARPU 2011-2016

Table 33 Digital cable TV subscribers 2008-2015

Table 34 Pay TV subscribers by connection type 2005-2016

Table 35 Pay TV market share by operator 2009-2016

Table 36 DTTV subscribers 2008-2015

Table 37 IPTV subscribers 2011-2016

Table 38 Mobile ARPU contract and prepaid 2011-2016

Table 39 Historic-Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 1998-2009

Table 40 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2010-2017

Table 41 Historic-Mobile subscribers by 2G and 3G platform 2009-2012

Table 42 Mobile market share by operator 2007-2016

Table 43 Mobile traffic 2005-2016

Table 44 Proportion of contract and prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005-2016

Table 45 Prepaid subscribers, all operators 2005-2016

Table 46 SMS messages sent 2005-2016

Table 47 Average cost of SMS messages () 2011-2015

Table 48 MMS messages 2006-2016

Table 49 Mobile broadband subscribers by type 2012-2015

Table 52 Mobile termination rates by operator 2005 2010; 2012

Table 53 Annual mobile number portings 2006-2016

Table 54 Vodafone Malta subscribers 2005-2016

Table 55 GO Mobile subscribers 2009-2016

Table 56 Melita mobile subscribers 2009-2016

Table 57 MVNO subscribers by operators 2011-2016

Chart 1 GO Group financial data 2007-2016

Chart 2 Fixed lines in service and penetration rate 2001 2017

Chart 3 Broadband subscriptions by platform 2005 2016

Chart 4 Broadband market share by operator 2007 2016

Chart 5 Subscribers to bundled services, by type 2009 2015

Chart 6 Pay TV subscribers by connection type 2005 2016

Chart 7 Mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005 2017

Chart 8 Mobile market share by operator 2007 2016

Chart 9 SMS messages 2005 2016

Exhibit 1 Overview of digital media

Exhibit 2 Mobile operators and spectrum allocation range

Exhibit 3 3G licence allocations 2005; 2007

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